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Mets pitcher pleads guilty to assault

From Megan Miller, CNN
Francisco Rodriguez (shown during a game in August) must reimburse Carlos Pena for more than $14,000 in medical bills.
Francisco Rodriguez (shown during a game in August) must reimburse Carlos Pena for more than $14,000 in medical bills.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mets' Francisco Rodriguez pleads guilty to assault, disorderly conduct
  • He was charged with attacking his girlfriend's father at Citi Field in August
  • Rodriguez must enroll in 52 anger management sessions
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  • Crime
  • New York Mets

New York (CNN) -- New York Mets relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez pleaded guilty to charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct Friday after attacking his girlfriend's father at the Mets' ballpark last season, prosecutors said.

A Queen's County District Court ordered Rodriguez to enroll in 52 anger management sessions, according to a news release from the district attorney's office.

He also must reimburse his girlfriend's father, Carlos Pena, for the more than $14,000 in medical bills resulting from the attack, the office said. In addition, he was ordered to pay a separate $1,000 fine.

The Mets' closer was charged with assault after punching Pena repeatedly in the face beneath Cit Field following a game on August 11, the news release said. Pena was treated at a hospital in Queens.

"It was important that the defendant take responsibility for his actions, acknowledge that he has an anger management problem and that he address the issue -- for his own sake and that of his family," District Attorney Richard Brown said in the news release.

If he does not comply with Friday's court order, Rodriguez could face up to 120 days in jail, it said.

Rodriguez also pleaded guilty to two counts of disorderly conduct after violating a restraining order by sending 56 text messages to former girlfriend Daian Pena Rodriguez, according to the district attorney's office.

"It's been a huge toll on him, emotionally and professionally," said defense attorney Christopher Booth.

Rodriguez was released after posting bail of $7,500.